October 25, 2017

Warren, Grassley Introduce Resolution to Designate October as “National Audiology Awareness Month”

Text of the Resolution (PDF)

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing support for designating October 2017 as "National Audiology Awareness Month".

The resolution, which presents various statistics on the prevalence and distribution of hearing loss, notes that hearing loss is the third most-common chronic physical condition in the United States and that 24 percent of adults in the United States may have noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears.

In addition to highlighting the work of audiologists, who are licensed to diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders, the resolution also asserts that "there is a need for greater awareness on the part of the public regarding issues related to the hearing and balance care provided by audiologists."

The senators were original cosponsors of the bipartisan Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, which was signed into law in August as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act.